Presentation spade

Object Number: 
1922.104
Date: 
ca. 1907
Medium: 
Steel, silver, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 31 x 6 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. ( 78.7 x 17.1 x 9.5 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on a plaque on the handle: "WITH THIS SPADE/ THE FIRST SOD WAS TURNED BY/ GEORGE B. Mc CLELLAN/ THE MAYOR" in roman letters engraved: on the blade: "PRESENTED TO/ GEORGE B. Mc CLEELAN,/ MAYOR of THE CITY of NEW YORK/ COMMISSIONED BY THE BOARD/
Description: 
Steel presentation spade with inlaid silver; blade, inscribed in the center, with a curved wooden shaft and oar shaped handle with an applied silver plaque; plaque engraved, "WITH THIS SPADE/ THE FIRST SOD WAS TURNED BY/ GEORGE B. Mc CLELLAN/ THE MAYOR" in roman letters; blade inscribed, "PRESENTED TO/ GEORGE B. Mc CLELLAN,/ MAYOR of THE CITY of NEW YORK/ COMMISSIONED BY THE BOARD/ OF WATER SUPPLY,/ J. EDWARD SIMMONS,/ CHARLES N. CHADWICK,/ CHARLES A. SHAW/ AT THE INAUGRATION/ OF THE/ CONSTRUCTION OF THE CATSKILL/ WATER WORKS,/ ON THE LINE OF THE AQUEDUCT/ NEAR PEEKSKILL, N.Y./ JUNE 20, 1907." below the seal of the City of New York surrounded by cornucopia.
Gallery Label: 
This presentation spade was used by the donor to turn the first sod of the Catskill Water Supply System, June 20, 1907.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Honorable George B. McClellan
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group